IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Hurricane Ida's destruction caused a record number of oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico; Today's children will face more climate disasters than their grandparents, new study warns; Senate GOP obstruction blocks disaster aid for hurricane victims; Biden EPA moves to cut powerful, climate-warming HFCs; PLUS: California utility PG&E faces new manslaughter felony charges in wildfire that killed four people... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Explosion at Louisiana chemical plant leaves 5 injured; Emerging Impact? Global Warming Effect on Fertility; SoCalGas agrees to pay up to $1.8 billion in settlement for 2015 Aliso Canyon gas leak; Ford Unveils Record $11B Bet On Sprawling EV Factories; PennEast Becomes The Latest To Scuttle A Natural Gas Pipeline Project; 21 States Urge EPA To Toughen Vehicle Emissions Rewrite; Iceland Turns On The World's Biggest Machine To Pull Carbon Out Of The Air; Former Fox News Host Sues Facebook Over Climate Fact Checks... PLUS: Race To The Bottom: Disastrous Blindfolded Rush To Mine The Deep Sea... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Senate Republicans block disaster aid:
- A partisan fight in the U.S. Senate is holding up hurricane help for Louisiana. Here's the latest (The Advocate)
- Senate Republicans block bill to avert government shutdown and to extend debt limit (NBC News)
- Hurricane Ida caused record number of offshore oil spills:
- After Hurricane Ida, Oil Infrastructure Springs Dozens of Leaks (NY Times):
When Hurricane Ida barreled into the Louisiana coast with near 150 mile-per-hour winds on Aug. 30, it left a trail of destruction. The storm also triggered the most oil spills detected from space after a weather event in the Gulf of Mexico since the federal government started using satellites to track spills and leaks a decade ago...NOAA's satellite tracking effort started years after Hurricane Katrina in 2005...It also doesn't cover BP's Deepwater Horizon blowout in 2010...The spills show how the mass of pipelines, platforms and wells in the area have become increasingly vulnerable to extreme weather linked to global warming.
- After Ida, Louisiana Struggles to Tally the Environmental Cost. Activists Say Officials Must Do Better (Inside Climate News)
- Oil industry launches pressure campaign against Dems' climate proposals:
- Climate plans in flux as Democrats eye reconciliation deal (E&E News)
- Oil Industry Wages Major Lobbying Campaign to Kill Proposed Methane Fee (DeSmog Blog):
After expressing support for carbon pricing earlier this year, the American Petroleum Institute and other oil lobby groups are pressuring Congress to not put a tax on methane. Critics see yet another cynical attempt to block climate action.
- Oil Industry Launches Lobbying Blitz as Congress Targets Fossil Fuel Subsidies (DeSmog Blog)
- Op-Ed: How Congress could curtail the Big Oil gravy train (Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA); Robert Weissman, Public Citizen)
- Today's children will face more climate disasters than their grandparents:
- Today's kids will live through three times as many climate disasters as their grandparents, study says (Washington Post)
- Children set for more climate disasters than their grandparents, research shows (Guardian UK):
The analysis showed that a child born in 2020 will endure an average of 30 extreme heatwaves in their lifetime, even if countries fulfil their current pledges to cut future carbon emissions. That is seven times more heatwaves than someone born in 1960.
- Intergenerational inequities in exposure to climate extremes (Science)
- PGE charged with manslaughter, multiple felones, in 2020 Zogg Fire:
- PG&E charged with manslaughter over 2020 Zogg Fire, which killed 4 people (CNN):
The fire, which was sparked by a pine tree contacting PGE electrical lines, burned more than 56,000 acres in September 2020. In addition to claiming four lives, the Zogg Fire injured one, destroyed 204 residential and commercial structures and damaged 27 others.
- PG&E Is Charged With Manslaughter In A California Wildfire That Killed 4 (AP)
- PG&E charged in California wildfire last year that killed 4 (CNBC)
- VIDEO: California Wildfires: PG&E charged with 4 homicides, environmental crimes for allegedly starting Zogg Fire (ABC 10)
- California fires are burning at higher elevations than ever, creating new dangers (LA Times)
- Climate advocates win in Germany's federal elections
- Five key takeaways from Germany's historic election (CNN/MSN):
Climate was one of the key issues on the campaign trail --- particularly after deadly floods devastated areas of western Germany over the summer --- and that played to the Greens' advantage.
- Ahead of German Election, Hundreds of Thousands Demand Climate Action (NY Times)
- Germany election: Sleeping Beauty's forest is dying. It's not the only climate crisis facing nation's next chancellor (CNN/MSN)
- Biden EPA issues new rules to cut powerful HFCs:
- Biden Administration Finalizes Rule To Slash Super-Pollutant HFCs (Huffington Post)
- EPA rule sharply limits HFCs, gases used as refrigerants (AP)
- FACT SHEET: Biden Administration Combats Super-Pollutants and Bolsters Domestic Manufacturing with New Programs and Historic Commitments (White House)
- EPA cuts greenhouse gases thousands of times more powerful than carbon dioxide (Washington Post)
- Norway ahead of scheduled to reach 100 percent EV sales:
- Norway bans gas car sales in 2025, but trends point toward 100% EV sales as early as April (Electrek):
If the trend present for the last few years continues, the trend line will hit zero in April 2022. This is a lot earlier than their 2025 target (which, to be clear, is not a legal requirement yet, more of a soft target agreed upon by Norway’s government).
- Will the latest new petrol or diesel car be sold in 2022? (Motor Norway, via Google Translate)
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...
For a comprehensive roundup of daily environmental news you can trust, see the Society of Environmental Journalists' Daily Headlines page
- Explosion at Louisiana chemical plant leaves 5 injured (NBC News)
- Emerging Impact? Global Warming Effect on Fertility (Climate Crocks)
- SoCalGas agrees to pay up to $1.8 billion in settlement for 2015 Aliso Canyon gas leak (LA Times/MSN)
- Ford Unveils Record $11B Bet On Sprawling EV Factories (E&E News)
- PennEast Becomes The Latest To Scuttle A Natural Gas Pipeline Project (Reuters)
- 21 States Urge EPA To Toughen Vehicle Emissions Rewrite (Reuters)
- AUDIO: Iceland Turns On The World's Biggest Machine To Pull Carbon Out Of The Air (WBUR)
- Race To The Bottom: Disastrous Blindfolded Rush To Mine The Deep Sea (The Guardian)
- The 'Burn Scars' of Wildfires Threaten the West’s Drinking Water (Kaiser Health News)
- Exxon’s Secret Assist From the World’s Top PR Firm (Earther)
- Former TV Host Sues Facebook Over Climate Fact Checks (E&E News)
- COP26 Climate Talks Won't Fulfil Aims Of Paris Agreement, Leaders Warn (Guardian UK)
- The Cost of Insuring Expensive Waterfront Homes Is About to Skyrocket (NY Times)
- Tracking the Big Climate Bills - An Infrastructure/Reconciliation Breakdown (Society of Environmental Journalists)
- Will this metal recycling startup revolutionize the battery and clean energy sectors? (Electrek)
- Climate Fund Choices for Investors Are Multiplying (Bloomberg/Yahoo)
- How climate change could undo 50 years of public health gains (Grist)
- Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration (Pro Publica)
- Exxon's Snake Oil: 100 years of deception (Columbia Journalism Review)
- What Does '12 Years to Act on Climate Change' (Now 9 Years) Really Mean? (Inside Climate News)
- VIDEO: A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (The Intercept)
- What genuine, no-bullshit ambition on climate change would look like: How to hit the most stringent targets, with no loopholes. (David Roberts, Vox)
- A Global Shift To Sustainability Would Save Us $26 Trillion (Vox)
- Project Drawdown: 100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming (Drawdown.org)
- An Optimist's Guide to Solving Climate Change and Saving the World (Vice)
- The great nutrient collapse: The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention. (Politico)
- The world's bleak climate situation, in 3 charts: We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there. (Vox)
- The Climate Risks We Face (NY Times):
To stabilize global temperature, net carbon dioxide emissions must be reduced to zero. The window of time is rapidly closing to reduce emissions and limit warming to no more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit or 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, the goal set in the Paris climate accord. The further we push the climate system beyond historical conditions, the greater the risks of potentially unforeseen and even catastrophic changes to the climate - so every reduction in emissions helps.
- The Uninhabitable Earth: When will climate change make earth too hot for humans? (New York Magazine):
Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak - sooner than you think.
- A beginner's guide to the debate over 100% renewable energy (Vox):
Clean-energy enthusiasts frequently claim that we can go bigger, that it's possible for the whole world to run on renewables - we merely lack the "political will." So, is it true? Do we know how get to an all-renewables system? Not yet. Not really.